WEP International Programs

High School programs • Family Stay • Teacher Assistant & more!

High School Program in Italy
High School Classic

  • Age: min.14 max. 18 years old upon arrival
  • Duration: 1 academic year, 1 academic semester, term (12 weeks), short term (8 weeks)
  • Arrival:
    year, semester : beginning of September or end of January
    (short) term : from beginning of September to beginning of March
  • Accommodation: volunteer host family
  • Language: Italian

The Country

La Bella Italia! Italy, home of much of the world’s greatest art, best food and happiest people, will host you with pleasure. Your Italian family and school might be anywhere in Italy, from the northern Swiss border to the sunny tip of its “boot”. Share everyday life with a warm, loving family. Visit cities and little villages with rich history, museums, churches… learn to speak Italian both with words and with your hands! Fabulous pasta, crusty bread, snowy peaks for skiing, sunny beaches for swimming, Roman ruins and the best of 21st century design – Italy offers a sensational student exchange opportunity.

School Life

School Day
The Italian educational system is quite difficult and expectations are high. Participants will be enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the five years of the scuola superiore program; they will follow classes in a local high school from Monday to Saturday morning. Classes include Italian, mathematics, sciences, physics, foreign language (English, German or French), geography, history, physical education... The school year runs from September to June.
School Day:
  • 8.30am to 1.30 - 2.00pm 
  • Saturday classes may be allocated


Participants will live with an Italian family. Like family members they will share the family’s everyday life, participate in activities and adapt to the family rules as if it were their own.

Rome Orientation

• Uppon arrival
• Culture workshops and sightseeing
• Optional 

Rome Orientation
Rome Orientation
Short trips

  • During the program
  • Florence, Venice, Sardinia...
  • Optional

Terms of Participation

• Be min. 14 and max. 18 upon arrival 
• Have good academic results 
• Basic knowledge of Italian is recommended 
• Have travel insurance covering sickness, accidents, repatriation and third party liability

Financial Terms

Included : 
  • host family search, screening and placement process 
  • accommodation as described 
  • school registration 
  • transfer on arrival 
  • 24 hours emergency support 
  • coordinator assistance & progress reports
  • orientation meeting 
  • WEP support to obtain the permit of stay
  • WEP support to obtain the visa
  • public school tax
  • administrative costs.

Not included :
  • return transportation 
  • local transportation 
  • school costs 
  • lunch if taken at school 
  • personal expenses 
  • travel insurance 
  • passport & visa fee.

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“This program in Italy was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life both humanly and culturally.” Emma, WEP student from Belgium

“Italy is now my second home and I have a a second family living in Saluzzo.” Marie, WEP student from Belgium

Host family
WEP Student